Honda’s Civic Tourer just made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for lowest fuel usage in a month-long trek across 24 adjoining European nations, coming in at an average of 83 mpg for its revolutionary diesel engine. The previously estimated 61.9 mpg for the model was impressively smashed, making the future of affordable and fuel-efficient riding look increasing attainable.
The official title of the record broken is “Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars).” Totaling 8,387 miles, each tank of fuel brought the drivers about 932 miles at a time and cost just $716 for the entire trip. The Tourer is equipped with the new 1.6 i-DTEC engine, a debut of the Earth Dreams Technology series released in Europe. One focus of the newer model was to reduce the vehicle’s weight, which was partly accomplished by using aluminum in the engine, making it 104 lbs lighter than the 2.2-liter model.
The journey itself is almost as impressive as the car’s performance. Two riders from Honda’s European Research & Development team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, took to the road on June 1st and made their way around the loop by June 25th – equal to driving from the UK to Australia. They made sure to appropriately document their travels to claim the record by fitting the car with a tracking device, recording GPS readings, taking photos and video, making notes in a logbook, and acquiring witness signatures. Successfully completing the task as amateur drivers and utilizing the dummy-proof Eco Assist option, which makes the dash glow green or white according to efficient or non-efficient driving patterns, on newer Honda models bodes well for the general public and their pocketbooks, when the Tourer should become more widely available.
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